Coroner’s office documents dated March 10 listed her cause of death as dehydration from gastroenteritis and “adverse effects of ingestion of white mulberry leaves.”
Some drink white mulberry leaf tea, while others take it in the form of a supplement that comes in both capsule and liquid form.
The day before McClintock died, she complained of an upset stomach, reports say.
Most symptoms usually appear “pretty mild,” says Caitlin Brown, clinical managing director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
“Generally, white mulberry as a plant is fairly safe, with a low degree and risk of toxicity to humans,” Brown said.
Brown said the poison control line had been getting calls about the plant over the years.
From 2018 to the end of December 2021, they experienced 100 single substance intakes of white mulberry plant. Of those 100, about 89% were accidental to his children under the age of 12.
“Most of these exposures were either judged to be non-toxic by the experts who managed the cases, or were expected to have rather minimal symptoms, and five of those 100 patients Only reported symptoms, and they’re fairly mild,” Brown said.
There were no reports of life-threatening symptoms or deaths.
Brown said there are limits to what science knows about overdose. There are studies in which patients have taken it as a supplement, she said, which lists side effects such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and some constipation. it was done.
“No life-threatening symptoms have ever been reported in practice,” Brown said.
“The dosage is the poison,” Trebach said. “This applies to things like water and ketchup. Anything in the right amount can be toxic, and if this is like a poorly regulated supplement, anything can be included.” I have.”
There’s a limit to what people can know about what’s in a dietary supplement if that’s the form McClintock has taken.
Companies that manufacture dietary supplements are not required to register their products with the FDA. Supplement companies are also not required to provide premarket safety or efficacy data.The FDA has cracked down on companies mixing their supplements with actual drugs.
“So it’s not out of the realm of all sorts of dietary supplement possibilities,” Brown said.
The Natural Products Association, which advocates for the supplement industry, did not return requests for comment.
Brown said it’s important to remember that people are described as “natural” when cases like this occur, and that they aren’t necessarily safe.
“Although they are considered a natural product, they can still be dangerous if used in the wrong dose or in the wrong patient.” If so, it is always recommended that you weigh your personal risks and benefits with your primary health care provider.”
She also said that if anyone has taken a product and feels unwell, they can always call the Poison Helpline Experts at 1-800-222-1222 for confidential help or visit poisonhelp.org. I said I could do it.
“It reminds me of a patient I used to talk to. He saw a news article about white mulberry leaves and was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m taking white mulberry leaves, and this happened to me.’ Will it happen?’ They call the Poison Center and just talk about what they are going through.We are a very helpful resource and this kind of situation.